How Digital Assistants Help People with Disabilities

Posted by Julie Huang on Friday, March 2, 2018 8:00 AM

Technology Brings Independence
You may think of digital assistants as a convenience or novelty, but they can mean much more than that to a good portion of your residents. To the 1-in-5 people in North America with a disability, digital assistants are an equalizer.

How Digital Assistants Help People with Disabilities

“Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights.”
With simple voice commands, residents with mobility impairments have the ability to independently perform basic tasks that most of us take for granted, such as turning lights on and off, playing music, or turning on the television.

Blind residents can easily add items to their shopping lists, post to Facebook or make phone calls. Parents of autistic children can enjoy watching their kids practice their verbal skills with their digital assistants. Alexa and Google Home don’t mind repetitive questions and always give answers with endless patience.

“Hey Google, what’s the weather like today?”
Elderly residents can connect with the outside world more easily, getting answers and comfort from interacting with a friendly, helpful voice. Unlike other technology, digital assistants are intuitive and easy to use, making them ideal for older residents. With the ability to place phone calls with just their voice, older seniors can live independently longer, knowing that someone will be there to help them should something happen.

Making Your Waste and Recycling Information Accessible to Digital Assistants
Almost half of Americans use digital assistants today, and as “skills” and technology improve and expand, that number continues to grow. As voice searches increase, visits to websites decrease.

That means that digital assistants are pointing your residents to other sources for answers to their waste and recycling questions. If that information doesn’t fit your program, it may lead to higher recycling contamination waste and more recyclable materials heading for the landfill.

The Easy Way to Take Your Municipality to the Cutting Edge
Luckily you don’t have to invest in costly research and development to make your municipality accessible to your residents.

As the industry leader in connecting local recycling programs to digital assistants, Recycle Coach keeps your municipality at the forefront of technological innovations. We make it easy to stay ahead of current trends so that your residents can connect with you through digital assistants or any other format they choose. This leads to better education, more compliance and less contamination.

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Recycle Coach specializes in digital solutions for municipal and private waste management services to effectively educate and engage residents. Our technology platforms for web, mobile, and digital assistants focus on education and encouragement to help residents to be better recyclers, with the goal of inspiring positive and lasting change in communities around the world. It is our constant innovation and scalability of services that allow us to meet the needs of over 3,000 communities across the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and more.

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Topics: Recycling Education, Recycle Coach Technology, Older Populations, For Municipalities in Canada, For Municipalities in the USA, digital assistants, North America, United States, Canada, compliance, Google Home, Alexa, Google, contamination, accessible information, voice search

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